By Dana Simmons, American Red Cross
From a doctor by day to an American Red Cross volunteer by night, Dr. Mina Rahhal is on a mission to make a difference and help save lives. Dr. Rahhal joined the Red Cross six months ago as a blood donor ambassador and transportation specialist. He recently reached a volunteering milestone of 100 volunteer hours and has taken on the role of blood donor ambassador engagement lead. Read the Q&A below to learn more about Dr. Rahhal’s Red Cross journey.
What inspired you to volunteer with the American Red Cross?
Dr. Rahhal: As a doctor, I have always been driven by a desire to help others and positively impact the world. When I learned about the incredible work being done by the American Red Cross, I knew that I had to get involved.
In my role as a blood donor ambassador, I have the opportunity to educate others about the importance of blood donation and encourage them to keep giving this gift of life! I know from my field how people suffer when a patient with cancer or a patient undergoing a procedure needs those small red bags! Don’t underestimate it! This small bag can really matter and save a life!
I have also been fortunate to serve as a transportation specialist, helping to ensure that donated blood gets where it needs to go in a timely and efficient manner.
What do you like the most about your volunteer roles?
Dr. Rahhal: Working with the American Red Cross has been an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in our Southern California Region through my roles. Also, being a blood donor ambassador and transportation specialist is something amazing for me as I’m the one who greets the donors and I’m the one who ensures their donated blood is delivered to those who need it urgently.
What advice would you share with a new volunteer or someone thinking about volunteering with the Red Cross?
Dr. Rahhal: Volunteering with the American Red Cross is a rewarding way to make a positive impact in your community. To make the most of your experience, start by finding a volunteer opportunity that aligns with your interests and skills. Be dependable and commit to a regular schedule. Be open to learning new things and taking on new responsibilities. Treat others with respect and maintain confidentiality. Be adaptable to changes and work well with others. Remember that you are making a difference in the community. Stay in touch with Red Cross staff and volunteer leaders. Take care of yourself and have fun with your volunteering experience. Be proud of your volunteer work, as you are helping to improve the lives of people in your community and beyond.
We’re so grateful to Red Cross volunteer Dr. Rahhal who helps people in need in his job and volunteer work. You can join Dr. Rahhal and sign up to become a Red Cross volunteer.